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Tanya Vegvary ’91 (Humanities) ’97 (Piano Performance) is hitting a high note in her career as a professional pianist and music teacher.

An accomplished performer, composer and teacher for more than 30 years, Vegvary’s extensive experience includes national and local performances during Sac State’s Festival of New American Music, at the Crocker Art Museum and Mondavi Center, and at the National Gallery of Art and Hungarian National Embassy in Washington, D.C.

However, her greatest source of pride is the Sacramento Piano Conservatory School of Music she opened in 2012, the realization, she says, of a lifelong dream.

“My education at Sac State prepared me excellently for my career in music,” says Vegvary. “The music department maintains very high standards in a conservatory-like setting and the friendly musical competition with my fellow classmates ensured my healthy growth and superior musicianship.

“Classes in pedagogy and the ‘business of music’ also helped prepare me for the musical business world.”

And that Hornet vibe extends even further into Vegvary’s work. The Sacramento Piano Conservatory currently employs five Sacramento State alumni as private instrument and vocal instructors.

Miyamoto brings home national honor


Kit Miyamoto, MS ‘97 (Civil Engineering), CEO of Miyamoto International, a global earthquake structural engineering firm, received the President’s “E” Award for Exports. The “E” award is the highest recognition in the U.S. for contributing to the expansion of national exports.

The Sacramento State Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is an internationally recognized expert on earthquake structural engineering and disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction. Based in Sacramento with 20 offices worldwide, Miyamoto International provides global technical knowledge and expertise.

The company has responded to earthquake and hurricane events all over the world. It recently made news as part of a team to provide an earthquake-resistant foundation under Michelangelo Buonarroti’s unfinished Rondanini Pieta. The lifesize marble statue of the Virgin Mary cradling the body of Christ was moved to a new site where it needed additional protection from subway vibrations, as well as possible earthquakes.

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